“As my mom puts it, my favorite subject is learning new things. Whether it’s art, math, science, English, social studies, I’ll be happy to learn something new,” David said
Ronya Balogun, David’s mother, described her son’s journey as an exciting one. “When he heard the word ‘S.T.E.M’ program, at seven years old, he was jumping up and down. I said ‘Okay, this is where we’re going, this is what we’re doing.’ He loved it from the first moment. It’s been an amazing journey,” she told WHTM.
She said the entire family is extremely proud of his achievement and is currently exploring Ivy League schools – including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Harvard for him to pursue his dream of becoming an Astrophysicist.
Henry Balogun, David’s dad, said, “It has always been my joy to see my son in this position today.”
The parent advised other parents to to support your child whenever possible. “It’s very rewarding but you have to kind of get yourself outside of the box and be able to see things outside of the system and advocate and speak up and not give up,” Ronya Balogun said.
“Be their own cheerleader, believe in them, even when they sometimes doubt themselves. Just believe in them and that’s what I tell my son, ‘As far as you want to go, go.”
“There is no limits to where you want to go. There is no limit to your dreams,” she added.
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